Portrait of Jean Terford David, 1813. Creator: Thomas Sully (American, 1783-1872)
Portrait of Jean Terford David, 1813. According to his own inventory, the astonishingly productive Sully painted more than 2,600 works during his career. Most of these paintings were commissioned portraits, including this one of John Terford David, who had just recently married. French-born David was an American officer who served as a paymaster during the War of 1812. His rank is indicated by the fringed epaulet on his left shoulder and the lack of one on his right. In composing the portrait, Sully ingeniously positioned David's body on an angle to emphasize the single epaulet and downplay the uniform's lack of symmetry.
© Heritage Art/Heritage Images
Five Dogs Two Figures Sketchbook 1810–20 Ink
1783–1872, 1810–20, 229 292 Cm, 9 X 11 1 2, American, Drawings, Five Dogs, Horncastle, Ink, Lincolnshire, Paper, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Sketchbook, Thomas Sully, Two Figures, Wash
Man Cape Staff Watching Melee Seated Woman Sketchbook
1783–1872, 1810–20, 229 292 Cm, 9 X 11 1 2, American, Cape, Drawings, Horncastle, Ink, Lincolnshire, Man, Paper, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Seated Woman, Sketchbook, Staff Watching Melee, Thomas Sully, Wash